House of Sand (2006)
Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed with wonderful performances, this Brazilian tale deftly explores the passage of time and prolonged isolation in several decades of a mother and daughter relationship.
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as D. Maria/Áurea (1942-1969)/Maria (1969)
as Áurea (1910-1919)/Maria (1942)
as Vasco de Sa
as Massu (1910-1919)
as Massu (1942)
as Luiz (1919)
as Chico do Sal
as Massu's Father
as Luiz (1942)
as Maria (1919)
as Chico do Sal
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Critic Reviews for House of Sand
Evocative as it can be, House of Sand doesn't have enough story or incident to justify the investment in time.
Cinematographer Ricardo della Rosa ... has created images of rare beauty in the midst of terrain so spectacularly strange that it sometimes seems to speak a language all its own.
It is a wondrous place, almost of another planet, and more than compensation for the effort to get there.
Visually dazzling, epic in its sweep and deeply romantic in its sensibility, The House of Sand is one of those films whose images and ideas linger long after the lights come on, having been burned into the viewer's consciousness.
A visual work of art and its simple story moves as effortlessly as the sands in a forsaken desert in northern Brazil.
It ends up like an impressionist painting without a subject, one we stare at longingly, waiting for its purpose to emerge.
Audience Reviews for House of Sand
The House of Sand features excellent acting and good storytelling. While there may be some problems with the plot itself, it was believable that it was happening to the characters on-screen. I rate it up mainly on account of the fact that I cared about what happened and was rooting for the character played by lead actress to make it out.
a hypnotic epic starring the wonderful fernanda montenegro and her real-life daughter, the film follows 3 generations of women for 60 odd years trapped in a magnificent but forbidding desert environment of northern brazil. a meditative experience in some ways reminiscent of teshigahara's woman in the dunes
I was fascinated by the existence in the desert. It was such an interesting setting for me. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the film itself.
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